One of the major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, Mount Neelkanth stands at an altitude of 6,507 m. The snow-clad mountain peak rises just above the Badrinath Temple and is popularly known as the Garhwal Queen. Because of its pyramidical shape, devotees travelling to the Badrinath Temple believe that the mountain gives the impression of Lord Shiva sitting on the cliffs, which is also why it has been named after the lord. The first rays of the sun fall on the Neelkanth Peak, and the spectacular scene is truly a blissful sight. Famous English mountaineer, Frank Smythe, described the Neelkanth Peak as second only to Siniolchu (in Sikkim)  in Himalayan beauty. The 10 km Neelkanth trek is one of the best trekking trails in Uttarakhand.

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